"The Curse of the Celts"
DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN *dramatization*
Underneath layers of chunky sweater and jeans, I can feel the heat building. I feel hot and bothered, and not in a fun way!
My face often gets pink when I drink, but rarely do I roll up my sleeves and see what looks like a sunburn blooming across my skin. "Oh my gosh look at that sunburn! You should put sunblock on it!" The first time it happened, @3dasianexperience
and I were celebrating our one years anniversary in Mexico and yes, I was in the sun a great deal. However, having the shoddy Irish skin, I always cover myself in sunblock and it was natural to assume it was from the sun. However, it happens at all times of the year, environments, outfits, etc.
What is it? It is actually rosacea, nicknamed "the Curse of the Celts," a fairly common but not well understood skin condition. It commonly develops after one turns 30 with certain genetic markers, commonly among the Irish. It is often associated with alcohol misuse (think of many old comics about drunk Irishmen or comedian W.C. Fields), but this often isn't the case. The blooms started with my second drink of the day, and that is hardly "alcohol misuse" in this culture.
I often laugh about it, but people judge it as a visible indicator about how I treat alcohol. If my cheeks weren't already burning, they would be from some of those comments.
Many people have odd reactions to alcohol, from skin conditions to allergic reactions to yeast, malt, and gluten. These are never an indicator of them trying to make life difficult for anyone when asking questions, it is just not nice to be judged for a medical condition you can't control and it often extends to other judgments about mental health.
Personally, I am going to go out and enjoy some delicious beers like Framboise Obscur with good friends at great breweries like @odysseybeerwerks
. It is a sour, dark, strong ale with my favorite comfort fruit: raspberries!
Enjoy your booze responsibly!